The FIFA World Cup will be held in Vancouver in 2026. Here’s what you need to know
The FIFA World Cup is set to bring soccer players, fans and excitement to Vancouver in the summer of 2026.
The organization announced on Sunday that Canada will host 13 of the 104 matches in the tournament, seven of which will be in Vancouver and six in Toronto.
With matches distributed in Canada, Mexico and the United States from June 11 to July 19, the 2026 World Cup will be the first to include 48 teams, an increase of 16 teams from previous tournaments.
16 cities in the three countries were chosen to host the games.
Vancouver is scheduled to host five group stage matches in June — two of which will feature Team Canada, which has already qualified as co-hosts — a round-of-32 knockout match and a round-of-16 elimination match in July.
watched People in Vancouver react to the World Cup announcement:
The matches will be held at BC Place Stadium, which has a capacity of 54,000 spectators. Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim told CBC Early edition On Monday, the stadium will be renovated for the tournament.
What games are played in Vancouver?
Vancouver’s match schedule is as follows:
- June 13: Group stage game
- June 18: Group stage match (including Canada)
- June 21: Group stage game
- June 24: Group stage match (including Canada)
- June 26: Group stage game
- July 2: Round of 32 match
- July 7: Round of 16 match
Soccer fans looking for more live World Cup action may want to consider Seattle, about 200 kilometers to the south, where six matches will be hosted at Lumen Field.
Seattle’s schedule of matches is as follows:
- June 15: Group stage game
- June 19: Group stage game
- June 24: Group stage game
- June 26: Group stage game
- July 1: Round of 32 match
- July 6: Round of 16 match
How can I purchase tickets?
Tickets are not yet on sale, but fans can sign up to receive updates on ticket sales here.
What is the expected economic impact?
The city is expected to see an additional 900,000 visitors during the World Cup. Preliminary estimates from the City of Vancouver suggest the tournament could generate more than $1 billion annually before the Games, and for five years afterward.
“I want to jump up and down for joy,” Sim said.
“I don’t think people realize how big of a deal this is.”
The mayor pointed out that the tournament is larger than the Super Bowl, as the average number of viewers per match in the opening round of FIFA is about 360 million, compared to the approximately 115 million views that the Super Bowl receives.
He said the city determined in its analysis that the benefits of hosting the games would outweigh the costs and would have a positive economic impact on the region for years to come.
“When you bring economic activity to the city, you lift everyone up. You create more opportunities for people, and you generate tax revenue,” Sim said.
Will there be enough hotel rooms?
Fans visiting from out of town may want to book hotel rooms as soon as possible.
Sim said the city is facing a shortage of hotel rooms, a fact that has been raised by the tourism industry over the past year.
a Study issued by the Vancouver Tourism Board Last year it found that Metro Vancouver needs an additional 20,000 rooms by 2050 to bridge the gap between supply and demand, with 10,000 of those rooms needed in the city of Vancouver.
“If we don’t do something about it, it will actually stop prosperity in the city of Vancouver,” Sim said.
He said the city council is seeking to build more hotel rooms before the 2026 tournament.
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